Best Christmas Present EVER!


God allowed Micaiah to give his mommy the best Christmas present! He slept through the WHOLE night. Well, as far as I know.

Two days ago, a friend of mine asked me if I slept with a monitor on in our room. I said, "Yes." She then preceeded to tell me that she took the monitor out of her room and said that if she could hear her baby crying in the night without the monitor, then she would go to him, feed him, and put him back down. If not, then she wouldn't go to him.

I was scared to try this. What if he cries and I don't hear him?

That's when I started thinking. Micaiah is 14.5 weeks right now. He's a big boy. I'm not sure exactly how much he weighs, but I do know that he is at least 16 lbs, probably more like 17, even 18, by the feel of him. I go to him at the first sound he makes almost always through the monitor at night. I just respond. Mostly, completely sleepy, not really thinking coherently. Maybe I've been too attentive, assuming he is hungry. Does he eat if I offer him food? Yes, but he would pretty much eat anytime I offer him food. I also know that I can hear my baby crying a mile away. Hearing your baby crying is like someone hooks you up to an electrical current and sends 1000 volts through your body. You think I'm joking? I'm not. I awaken within seconds when I hear him cry.

Two nights ago, Hart and I decided to try taking the monitor out of our room. We shut Micaiah's door and our door, and we have a slight sound of a fan running in our room. I can still hear him if he is crying loud enough to indicate hunger. This way I don't hear all the "little" noises and wake up each tim, continuing to ruin my sleep.

I slept GREAT the first night. I heard him around 3:30, so I went to him and even though he wasn't crying much, I fed him and he went back to sleep til 7am.

Last night, I fed him last at 9:30pm and he slept til 7 am. I woke up at 5 am wondering if there was something wrong with my baby. I went out to the living room and turned on the tv monitor. Sleeping soundly! I was SURE he was going to wake up. Nope. That's when I started praising God!

I say that, but the biggest thing that I have learned with a newborn, through all the sleep deprivation that takes its toll, is that God is to be praised in the storm AND when things are going well. I had been praising him ONLY when I was HAPPY. That's wrong and sinful.

I am truly thankful for this time. I'm thankful that I got better rest. I pray it continues. And I also pray that Micaiah gets better at soothing himself to sleep! He's ALMOST got his thumb sucking down...still trying to figure that out.


Merry Christmas!

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